Baltimore City Health Department and Baltimore Needle Exchange Program
1001 E. Fayette St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: (410) 396-4398
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The mission of the Baltimore City Health Department is to advocate, lead, and provide services of the highest quality in order to promote and protect the health of the residents of Baltimore.
- Academic Involvement Opportunities
- Special Projects
*Note: Volunteer opportunities depend on the specific program areas. Information for contacts from the program units is below.
Needle Exchange Program
The Needle Exchange Program is a harm reduction division at the local department providing non-judgmental service to the citizens of Baltimore. There are 18 sites for students to choose from. Volunteers are expected to volunteer for a full shift (which is usually 2 hours) on a regular basis. Volunteers MUST have hepatitis and tetanus immunizations and are expected to complete OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Training. Click here for current information including a list of sites and times.
Volunteer application: http://www.baltimorehealth.org/info/volunteer-application-packet-proposal.pdf
For more information about the needle exchange or volunteering, contact:
Chris Serio-Chapman, Program Director
The Delmarva Foundation For Medical Care’s Baltimore HELPS Project
The Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care’s Baltimore HELPS project (Healthy Eating and Leading Partnerships for Seniors) aims to improve health and health outcomes of Baltimore seniors with diabetes and hypertension. To achieve these goals, the Delmarva Foundation, in partnership with the Baltimore City Health Department and a variety of local businesses, public health organizations, care providers, community activists and Baltimore seniors will focus on expanding programming for food access, nutrition, physical activity, and health screenings through a “one-stop shop” model at Hollins Homes and the Oliver Senior Center. Each month will have a theme—and a corresponding set of classes or workshops. Both senior facility residents/users and staff at senior facilities will ensure that programming meets their wants and needs in an effective, efficient, and culturally appropriate manner.
Contact: Scott Thorpe, Quality Improvement Specialist – email@example.com
CARE Services (formerly Commission on Aging and Retirement Education - CARE) is the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for Baltimore City. The AAA is responsible for providing recreational, socialization, nutrition, education and advocacy services which allow seniors to age with dignity in their homes and communities. Students have the opportunity to work with CARE Services in a variety of capacities including academic projects and curriculum development and implementation.
Contact: Elouise Mayne, RN - Elouise.Mayne@baltimorecity.gov
Healthy Homes Bureau
The aim of the Healthy Homes bureau is to address home-based factors that are major sources of health hazards and chronic health issues, the most common of which are as follows: lead exposure, carbon monoxide exposure, fire hazards and the adequacy of smoke alarms, moisture, mold, and allergen triggers, presence of rodents and roaches and approaches to pest control, presence of and access to hazardous or harmful household products, smoking, adequacy of ventilation, heating, and cooling, and visible physical hazards. More about the Healthy Homes Bureau can be found here (http://www.baltimorehealth.org/healthyhomes.html).
Contact: Margret Schnitzer, Partnerships Manager, Asthma Program
1800 N. Charles St., 5th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
Office of Policy and Planning
Michael O'Leary, Neighborhood Health Outreach Coordinator